My husband and I arrived from Auckland, desperately in need of some R&R from our corporate jobs. We were greeted by a friendly Tongan driver (complete with flower leis) at the airport in Vava'u who took us to the boat where Tim (owner of Reef Resort) loaded us on and off we went for a short 15 minute trip to the secluded little slice of paradise on Kapa Island.
Teresa was waiting on the dock, with Jessie (corgi dog) ready for our arrival. After getting settled in the lovely beach front fale (#3), we were handed tropical cocktails and invited to relax in the gorgeous living/dining fale. Instant relaxation and just a precursor to the fabulous time ahead.
We stayed for 7 nights and had the most delicious meals -- I have asked Teresa to write a cookbook!!! Also, see the other reviews that comment -- honestly, it was fantastic. My birthday happened to occur when we were there, and for that we were served fresh crays (huge), delicious fresh fish bought from the fishermen who visit the resort, salads, amazing wine and a beautiful tropical banana cake... fantastic.
The fales all have air conditioning and ceiling fans, and ensuite hot/cold shower and toilet. Each has its own deck with lounge and dining chairs -- so you can be as isolated as you want, or go to the clubhouse fale to read and join in conversation if you desire.
They have a fully stocked bar with mixers and liquor, and drinks are reasonably priced at around NZ$5.50 for a beer and NZ$10.50 for a cocktail. Definitely plan to have your meals there!
On a couple of evenings, Tim and Teresa took us 'out' to Neiafu for the Wednesday night fakaleti show and to another resort for drinks and a little change of scene. We went into Neiafu for the market on a Saturday, and Teresa helped negotiate a great deal on some lovely handmade place mats that are fantastic.
I recommend going on a day trip for snorkelling and possibly whale watching/swimming (late July - October) with Dive Vavau and take in the Mariner's Cave and Swallows cave experiences. Also, the Wednesday night fakeleti show in Neiafu is not to be missed!
Walk from the Reef Resort to the other side of the island for a beautiful picnic on the most gorgeous horseshoe shaped beach -- not a soul in sight.
I can't recommend Reef enough, and told everyone I saw when we went to Matafonua Lodge (Haapai) that they must go -- even if it's only for a meal. BTW, Matafonua Lodge is lovely as well -- see other review.
Overall, Reef Resort is world-class, intimate, not a "resort" but rather a perfectly proportioned hideaway in the south pacific. It does cost more than the others, but it is so far ahead in terms of quality, gentility and class that you will not be disappointed. We will be back!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reef Resort is a wonderful, boutique resort located on a tranquil island in beautiful Vava'u. The resort has four stunning bungalows (fales) each with air conditioning, private decks, walk-in showers, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator and the most amazing sea views. Finished to a high standard with tasteful furnishings and a modern feel, The crystal clear waters provide brilliant snorkelling and one of the best snorkelling spots in Vava'u, the Japanese Gardens, is just off the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reef Resort Tonga/Neiafu